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EC Leaves BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari Alone With A Light Rapping Over “mini-Pakistan” Commentary | India News

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NEW DELHI: The Election Commission has fired Nandigram’s BJP candidate Suvendu Adhikari from West Bengal with a light blow for his comment on “mini-Pakistan” made at a public meeting last month.
In an order issued Monday night, the voting panel warned Adhikari and said it “advises him to desist from using such a statement while making public statements during the period that the Model Code of Conduct is in effect.”
The order stated that the commission considers that Adhikari violated paragraphs 2 and 3 of Part 1 “General conduct of the model code of conduct for the orientation of political parties and candidates.”
Adhikari faces West Bengal Prime Minister and Trinamool Congress President Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram, where the elections were held earlier this month.
The survey panel had received a complaint from Kavita Krishnan of the CPI-ML Central Committee alleging that Adhikari made “hate speech” while addressing a public meeting in Nandigram on March 29.
“Elections are knocking on the door. They are not casting votes for Begum. If they vote for Begum, there will be a mini-Pakistan. (Barely audible) … A Dawood Ibrahim has appeared in your town … write it all down. What What is the government doing? What good is it? The EC notification issued to Adhikari on April 8 read quoting his speech.
In his response to the notice, Adhikari said that he firmly believes in a free, fair and impartial election where there is no grudge between the candidates and no personal attack is made while criticizing political opponents.
The BJP leader said he had no ill intention to criticize anyone personally or to make offensive or derogatory statements against anyone. He also promised to abide by any EC directives.

Times of India

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